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Rated PG-13 · 105 minutes · 2008

Another for the Guilty Pleasures file. On one hand, this is a trite Coffee Table Film, shamelessly pandering to the wine-and-cheese crowd with romantic costumes, vast English country houses, and a not-so-subtle resemblance to Princess Diana in the real-life story, more or less, of Georgiana Spencer (well handled by Keira Knightley), Duchess of Devonshire in the late 18th century, and her travails at the hands of her icy, aristocratic boor of a husband (Ralph Fiennes, impeccable) and the lords and laddies of Parliament. On the other hand, it's a cool, oblique critique of all of the above, much in the vein of Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon — with scenery to outdo even Brideshead Revisited. Rich and filling. Costarring Charlotte Rampling, Hayley Atwell, and Dominic Cooper. Directed by Saul Dibb from a screenplay he co-wrote, based on the book by Amanda Foreman (105 min.).
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Director: Saul Dibb
Writer: Jeffery Hatcher
Producer: Michael Kuhn and Gabrielle Tana
Cast: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Simon McBurney, Aidan McArdle, Angus McEwan, Richard McCabe and Mercy Fiennes Tiffin


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